Three reasons why Arsenal don’t need to sign a new striker
Jake Evans takes a look at three reasons why Arsene Wenger does not need to splash the cash on a new Arsenal forward
Theo Walcott demonstrated how effective he can be up front towards the end of last season with a hat-trick against West Brom and the second goal of the FA Cup final. Arsene Wenger believes Walcott can flourish as a striker and has been praising his movement, pace and finishing ability throughout pre-season. Wenger always planned to convert Walcott into a striker, and now that he has fully recovered from a knee ligament injury, this should be his first full campaign as a forward. He will compete with Olivier Giroud for the lone striker’s role. If he can stay free from injury, the England international will be like a new signing for the Gunners and will add a significant amount of goals to the Arsenal side next season.
Goals from midfield
Alexis Sanchez managed 16 league goals during his debut season in English football, predominantly playing as a left winger. Wenger knows that his players will produce goals from all over the pitch, especially midfield, so there is no desperate need to spend big on a new striker. Wenger has always been reluctant to spend money unless absolutely necessary. Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil are all more than capable of reaching double figures next season so the goal-scoring burden has already been lightened on whoever Wenger selects as lone striker.
Keeping players happy
Squad morale is important for Arsene Wenger and also the way that Arsenal play. It is difficult to play expressive, passing football if you are unhappy with your situation at the club. Arsenal boast a wealth of options in attacking positions and adding another striker would create fierce competition. Competition is not a bad thing; usually members of the squad will play beyond the normal level to win a place in the side and it also guards against complacency. However, Arsenal already have exceptionally talented players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and the £16m Danny Welbeck who will seriously struggle for minutes next season. Adding a new forward will push these promising internationals even further down the pecking order.